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Gynemimetophilia is the attraction to female identified, male assigned individuals who may identify as trans women (pre-op or post op) or they may identify as femme, drag queen, crossdresser etc. The defining characteristic is that they are primarily female identified.

The word gynemimetophilia has a negative connotation and is a somewhat loaded or controversial term in the transgender community, particularly since associated with paraphilia or fetish. In order to promote positive gender identity, many transgender people would rather not use terms which refer to fetish because of the connotation of sexual objectification in relationship to transgender people.

Gynemimetophilia may be a word assigned to both chasers and admirers. People who are attracted to female identified transgender people may be of any gender or sexual orientation. They may or may not think of their attraction as a fetish. Some people may have a more sex positive view of fetish and not be bothered by the idea of objectification while other people may view fetish and objectification as oppressive and dangerous.

Gynemimetophilia is a primarily psychological term and psychological practitioners should take care in using this label as it can be psychologically damaging.

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